Residents, employees test positive for COVID-19 at Douglas County Health Center

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On April 3, 2020, Douglas County officials received confirmation that five long term care residents and two staff members of the Douglas County Health Center have tested positive for COVID-19.

All five residents are being isolated in their rooms at the Health Center and are being monitored by staff. The two employees are in isolation at home. All are in stable condition.

Since March 29, 2020, the Health Center has had 18 positive COVID-19 cases – 13 long term care residents and five employees.

“Our leadership team is working closely with the experts at Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit to ensure the safety of all our residents and staff,” said Erin Nelson, administrator of Douglas County Health Center. “I’m hopeful with the negative test results we have received that we have the virus contained.”

All employees at the Health Center are trained and required to wear N95 masks. They are also screened with temperature checks prior to the start of their shifts. Visitation as the Health Center has been suspended since March 10, 2020.

Douglas County Health Center officials continue to adhere to CDC recommendations and are in constant communication with the infectious disease team at Nebraska Medicine for guidance specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that COVID-19 is impacting our elderly population and nursing facilities all across the United States,” said Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson. “We will continue to work with our community partners and public health experts to stay on top of this and do everything we can to protect our residents and staff.”

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